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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / curling Lurex yarn on: March 07, 2013 03:50:21 AM
I want to curl a lot of yarn for a project but it's 50% Lurex with the other 50% spit between cotton and acrylic. I've seen the "wet it and bake it" method but I'm scared the heat will melt and/or dull the yarn (it's a gold metallic) is there any other options I can use? If I just wrap it and leave it for a long time will it curl. Or if I knit it and then undo my knitting???

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / needle felting is confusing me on: August 25, 2009 11:54:42 PM
ok so i don't know where this should go... but it's needle felting so i'm posting it here!

anyways i bought a wool blend fabric and i am trying to felt around a styrofoam form when i felt it leaves all these little holes and i'm concerned it will pull away from the styrofoam?

any advise? tips?


3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / candle-ish making question. on: May 30, 2009 02:48:34 AM
not so much that i am making a candle but i am using wax.

basically i am filling part of a glass jar with wax BUT i really want to have the center hollow so that i can put an led light inside so that the wax glows.

here's a picture of what i mean. this is from my first attempt: the wax indented in the middle so i had a spot for my led light but you didn't really see the glow unless the lights were really dim/practically off.

...since i can't post the picture.. here's a link to my first attempt: http://crankydinosaur.org/images/example.JPG[/img]

i was thinking of basically putting a glass tube vase i have then pouring the wax around it and pulling out the vase. will that work? if i cover the jar in candle mold release will it pull out?

or can i pull it out when the wax is still in that almost solid but not phase?



so my main problem is when my wax dries the color fades and pretty much sinks to the bottom - what am I doing wrong?

- richie
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / wax disaster on: January 14, 2009 05:58:46 AM
melting wax in a small pot (mistake #1) - the temperature I figure was too hot (mistake #2) so the glass jar i was melting the wax in cracked and wax spilled out all over the kitchen.

moral of the story: don't have your temperature to high when melting wax and make sure you put into a container that either won't break or double boil it in a large container that can hold the amount of wax your melting.

- Richie
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / tent patterns??? on: January 14, 2009 05:46:04 AM
Does anyone know where i can my hands on them. I just need a simple wedge tent pattern, it's not hard and I'm probably going to figure it out myself - but it would be nice to see a pattern just for ideas / inspiration.

UPDATE: so i figured that the sewing the tent would be similar to sewing curtain panels. So I have a question on lining. I am using this cute linen fabric as the liner and the outside of the tent is just going to be white canvas. So I get the whole fuse (yes/no) the linen to the white canvas but then do I fold over leave the lining slightly shorter and then fold over and then fold over again or should I fuse to the edge of the white canvas and then fold?

6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dying cotton balls on: January 14, 2009 05:17:36 AM
So my first attempt didn't work out so well. I used a large stainless steel stock pot filled with very hot water and I used RIT dye. Basically if I tried to stir the pot it would make the cotton balls fall apart. Also because wringing them out deformed them (they looked all squished) it is taking them forever to dry. (Like three or four days) I tried putting them in the dryer in an old pillow case but it shredded them to pieces. Also they just generally came out very mangy looking. (I'm not sure if the manginess is do to me not mixing the dye all the way..

Any suggestions?

This is really annoying me since i figured it shouldn't be hard. I was a fiber arts kids in school and I even took the chemistry of dyes and fibers. (To my credit about the only smart thing I did was start with the lightest color and work my way to darkest)

Sheesh who would have thought dying cotton balls would be this frustrating - luckily they are super cheap  Cheesy


ps. this is my first post - i'm new!

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